Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – ‘Bones’ actors David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel has won the lawsuit against Fox as well as the show’s executive producers Barry Josephson and Kathy Reichs, in which they alleged that they weren’t paid the share of profits commensurate to the show’s success by using various fraudulent machinations such as obfuscation and creative accounting.
The decision was reached through arbitration and written by arbitrator Peter Lichtman.
The decision, rendered early this year, was made public only recently, it was indicated that Fox executives lied to and defrauded the show’s stars.
More specifically, Lichtman described the fraudulent acts of Fox’s top executives, saying 21st Century Fox president Peter Rice and Fox TV CEO Dana Walden “appear to have given false testimony in an attempt to conceal their wrongful acts,”
The company has been ordered to pay the plaintiffs $179 million, which includes $128 million in punitive damages. In his decision, Lichtman points out that the amount is only 0.6 percent of 21st Century Fox’s stipulated net worth.
However, Fox is appealing the decision. In a statement, 21st Century Fox said that the ruling is “categorically wrong on the merits and exceeded his arbitration powers.” The company has filed its own paperwork disputing the award.
Fox’s appeal includes majority of the amount be removed by insisting that the arbitrator refused to acknowledge that the Boreanaz’s and Deschanel’s contracts prohibits punitive damages for any claims in relation to breaches, Deadline reports. However, the company is not contesting the non-punitive damages amounting to $50,240,048.
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